I'm not sure Bill O'Reilly's New Year's Resolution constitutes demonization exactly. Still, it shows the kind of sanctimonious mindset that succumbs to demonizing temptations: an inability to see that you do exactly the thing you most hate in those you disagree with.
First, some selections from his resolutions, and then a little commentary.
Bill's New Year's Resolution:
Hi, I'm Bill O'Reilly. Thank you for watching us tonight. I'll be taking a few days off to celebrate Christmas. So this evening's "Talking Points Memo" will be "The Factor's" resolutions for the New Year. . . .
We resolve to hold prominent people accountable when they smear others. That simply has to stop. But karma is kicking in. For example, left wing zealot George Clooney ran around smearing me to try to bring attention to his movies this season. It didn't work. Fewer than four million Americans went to see his first film. And the second one is shaping up to be a big box office bomb. Now Clooney's a talented guy. He's making a huge mistake using smear tactics.
And speaking of disasters, our competitor at MSNBC is a notorious smear merchant. So far this month, December, "The Factor's" third rerun at 4:00 in the morning has beaten the MSNBC's original 8:00 program more than 50 percent of the time. Unbelievable.
"Talking Points" resolves to keep the pressure on the Bush administration to secure the borders because we believe this is a life/death situation.
We resolve to continue watching the ACLU, the nation's most dangerous organization.
Finally, we resolve in our 10th year to continue bringing you an honest broadcast that is not afraid of anyone.
Bill--look at your own show and at Fox News--and then consider this as your New Year's Resolution: Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
And Bill: since you resolve that your show will continue fearlessly not to be "afraid of anyone" why don't you be not afraid of the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld crowd for a change, on some issue other than politically safe immigration bashing, and give the liberal-left powerhouse that is in charge of no branch of government or business a Christmas break?
For all of O'Reilly's resolutions click here.